FAQs: Using the program
The more frequent the sessions, the faster the progress. Children who are not yet in first grade should use the program at least four times per week. Children in first grade and up should use the program five times per week, and, if possible, even more.
The program is designed for a child to do one session per day. If a child wants to do more than one, he or she can.
Each day's session takes only 15-30 minutes, depending on which lesson a child is doing and his or her proficiency with that particular task.
You can end a session by clicking the quit button (located in the lower right hand corner).
You can pause a session once for a maximum of 12 minutes by clicking the pause button (located in the lower left hand corner).
Certain typing activities require the shift key to create capital letters and some punctuation. To do this a child can either:
- Select the Shift key and the appropriate letter key at the same time.
- Select the Shift key and then the letter key. This enables children who are not comfortable selecting two keys simultaneously to easily use the shift key.
The Reading Kingdom has an introductory teaching segment that trains a child, with adult assistance, to use the mouse and keyboard. If a child has any issues using a mouse and keyboard, we recommend beginning with that segment.
A child will need an adult's assistance to create an account and to begin using the program. However, once a child is comfortable using the program (typically within a few weeks) he or she can often do it completely on their own.
We recommend using the free Google Chrome browser. You can get it here.
Though it's natural to want to help a child, please offer no assistance. The only exception is providing handholding support for using the keyboard and mouse when needed. The program has been designed to offer lessons matched to a child's abilities and to guide a child through any difficulties. When you provide assistance, the program no longer knows what skills a child does or does not have. If a child seeks assistance, please just say "Look and listen" to the program. Thank you for your assistance with this.